One Plus 5 Review – Still the “Flagship Killer”?

The One Plus 5 is now officially official and this is all you need to know about the latest smartphone from one of the most unique companies in the mobile game.

This is 2017 and of course we have to start with the specs, so here they are:

  • Snapdragon 835 2.3 GHz Octa-core CPU
    • Adreno 540
    • 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM (…yes that is indeed 8GB of ram, #RIPlaptops)
  • 5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED display with 16M colors.
    • Gorilla Glass 5– 2D
    • Fingerprint scanner on front
  • Dual Camera pack
    • 16 megapixel color sensor with f/1.7 aperture and no OIS
    • 20 megapixel monochrome sensor with no OIS
    • phase detection auto focus
  • Front-facing camera
    • 16 MP color sensor with auto focus and no Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3300 MAH Lithium-Ion battery

The device will be running Android 7.1 out of the box with Oxygen OS tweaks. Just like previous One Plus phones, the One Plus 5 is for the hardcore android enthusiast–someone who can’t live with the Touch Wiz’s and HTC Sense’s of the world. The software is completely stock Nougat except for a few customization’s from One Plus to improve the experience.

Honestly from my point of view, the One Plus 5 is not all that exciting. This is definitely completely subjective but I feel like the 5 is a Lexus amongst 100K BMW’s and Mercedes’. It might be equally as capable as other phones like the Galaxy S8, the HTC U11 and the LG G6 but it lacks the glamour.

The smooth, one piece aluminum jacket is something that has just been overdone and if the world is innovating with unique glass designs and minimum bezel displays, they should follow suite.  We have seen most manufacturers, competing with One Plus, that add something interesting  that separates them from the rest. For example, the Galaxy S8 first introduced the bezel-less life to the world, the LG G6 showed excellence in dual-cameras and ditched the metal jackets for a glass-type back. The HTC U11 also followed the glass-back life with amazing colors and the new “squeeze” feature. One Plus also did the same 2 years ago with the One Plus 1 and 2 that brought back wooden phones and sandstone backs that could be swapped. As a result they stood out and appealed to the market.

One plus should have followed suite with glass bodies and possibly even some sort of bezel reduction this year to refresh their line-up. I am not saying the One Plus 5 is a bad phone, it is amazing with probably the highest end specs on a phone right now–period. But I feel like they could have truly killed a flagship if they could have implemented one of the aforementioned features, even if it meant raising the price a bit.

      : One Plus Two (2015)